Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is that you, Spring?

Today is technically the fist day of Spring, the Vernal Equinox, the day that we can finally declare that Winter is gone, and warm days full of sunshine and flowers are on their way.

Of course, we've had a week of record-breaking highs (constantly in the 77-81F area), the daffodils have sprouted, and all the trees are starting to bloom. (Also, the cold and flu bugs are thriving, as is evidenced in our household, as well as our congregation.) So, while today is technically the first day of Spring, it feels as if it's closer to the first day of summer. The families in our courtyard pulled out the swimsuits and kiddie-pools on Saturday, and they converted the slide into a water slide - as if it was any normal summer day.

But do we pull out and install the air conditioners? Do we put away our winter gear for good? With the way Chicago weather goes, we're all expecting at least one more cold snap before spring really kicks in. To be honest, I'd enjoy that, since I'm not the biggest fan of summer.

I am, however, a fan of open windows, sitting on my balcony and tending to the garden-boxes, enjoying icy drinks with friends, and leaving my coat in the closet. So, if spring is here to stay, I think that'll be just fine.

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